TAYLOR COUNTY—Every June, the residents of the county come together to show their support for those who have been diagnosed with cancer, whether they have been triumphant in their fight, they are still in the midst of the battle or those who have lost in their quest to overcome the horrendous disease.
Traditionally held in June, Relay for Life of Taylor County provides a great opportunity for the community to come together and make a difference. There are many volunteer opportunities with Relay for Life including team recruitment, registration, accounting, luminaria, online fundraising, setup, food and beverage sales and public relations, as well as other countless opportunities to make a difference.
For months leading up to the annual relay, teams raise tens of thousands of dollars that are then utilized to help aid patients in obtaining wigs, helping to offset the costs associated with the disease and provide families with resources and education.
Although the 2020 Taylor County Relay for Life, scheduled for Friday, June 5, has been cancelled due to the current pandemic, teams will still be working to collect funds for the remainder of the year for the American Cancer Society.
“As we continue to manage through the current COVID-19 situation, it is important that we all remain calm,” said Victoria “Tori” Harper, Community Development Manager, North Central Region of the American Cancer Society. “We must make informed and practical decisions that keep our constituents safe with minimal disruptions at our events and work.”
She said that although it was a hard decision to make, after assessing the Taylor County community, it was decided to forgo this year’s event.
“We have made this decision to ensure the safety and welfare of all of our participants and survivors at this time but look forward to returning strong for an even better in-person event in the summer of 2021,” she explained.
She said that while many events have been forced to stop, cancer does not and will not stop, so neither will the dedicated individuals at the American Cancer Society.
“It is our responsibility to continue to fuel our mission during this challenging time, because cancer patients and their families are counting on us,” Harper expressed. “All participants are invited to support our Relay for Life of Taylor County 2020 efforts by continuing to fundraise and spread awareness for the remainder of 2020.”
In fact, the American Cancer Society believes that their mission matters now more than ever.
“Even though we can’t currently be face-to-face, we will continue on with our fight against cancer,” Harper voiced. “Cancer patients are more vulnerable right now because of the virus. They need our support, whether it is someone to talk to, resources to use or reassurance that someone is looking out for their best interests.”
Because cancer won’t stop, she is urging community members to continue to support the fundraising efforts of Taylor County’s teams.
According to Harper, Taylor County Relay for Life set a goal of $65,000, and so far, they have raised just over $6,400.
“Taylor County’s teams are just extraordinary,” voiced Harper. “Even though they have usually raised a good deal of money by this point, but this year aren’t as far along because the of virus, the teams here hold amazing fundraisers. I have no doubt that they will meet their goal!”
Participants in Relay for Life events become a vital part of the American Cancer Society. What is even better, is the money that is raised in Taylor County stays local to help provide education and services to those facing cancer head-on.
The money raised through Relay for Life events helps realize the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives, celebrate life and lead the fight for a world without cancer, according to the organization’s website.
“Together, we will get through this and continue making a significant difference in the lives of families facing cancer,” Harper imparted. “We want to thank everyone for their patience as we continue to work together through this highly unusual time.”
For more information, please contact Harper via email at [email protected] or by phone at 304-290-1851.
To learn more about the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, please visit www.relayforlife.org, and to learn more about Taylor County’s event or to make a donation, please log onto www.relayforlife.org/taylorwv.